Villa Le Maschere
What We Love
- Daily buffet breakfast is included in the Jetsetter rate
- Original art throughout, from carved stone masks to historic frescoes
- The two alfresco pools overlooking the Tuscan countryside
- Enjoying a rich Chianti in the villa’s cellar bar
- Set on 45 acres of exquisite parkland
What To Know
- A city tax of approximately $5 per person per night will be collected by the hotel at checkout
- Easy 45-minute drive from Florence — and the rest of Tuscany — so you can daytrip everywhere from the Uffizi Gallery to the Chianti wine region
- Service by the pools leaves much to be desired; bring a towel, and arrive early
- Free WiFi
- Handicap Accessible
- Parking On Site
Villa le Maschere features exquisite architecture matched by its prestigious guest list. Kings, queens, popes, artists and Italian noblemen have all warmed the beds here, and it’s easy to see why: this 16th-century villa captures the best of Tuscan culture, and history. Carved masks, made from local pietra serena stone, grace the façade, offering an intriguing taste of what awaits within. The spacious, airy villa reveals historical surprises around every corner: frescoes by painter Francesco Furini, detailed floral reliefs, and Majolica ceramics dating from the Renaissance and Venetian tiling.
Bed and Bath
Each of the 65 guestrooms and suites is individually decorated, with a striking color scheme, from periwinkle to lemon. Elegant and Superior rooms have distinctive beds, upholstered or lacquered wooden headboards and signature Tuscan-colored armchairs and curtains. While the villa is impressively historic, modern conveniences haven’t been sacrificed. Rooms come with high-end TVs, free WiFi, designer toiletries and fluffy robes. The white marble bathrooms — spacious, with classic arches and moldings – could double as a Parisian pied-à-terre.
If you’ve come to Italy to indulge in the cuisine, Villa le Maschere doesn’t disappoint. You can dine on traditional Tuscan dishes, including pasta slathered in meaty swordfish and black olives, at PioppoNero, where you can eat out on the terrace or sip vino amid the restored brick vaults of the cellar bar, DivinVino. Il Cancello di Ghiereto is the setting for a lavish buffet breakfast, and for serious food lovers there are cooking classes (including wine pairing) with the chef. In the ancient vaults of the villa there’s a wellness center with a lengthy treatment list that makes use of a sauna, a Turkish bath and a Jacuzzi. Its stone arches look out over the inviting alfresco swimming pools.
How to Get There
The hotel is in a beautiful setting, overlooking the hills and lake. The view could be maximised if only the trees were trimmed. The pool area is lovely, although as others have said, small and therefore busy. The thing that lets the hotel down is the food and service. Although friendly, at times the service was slow and not really to a 5 star standard. The food was average and inconsistent. To make this hotel fantastic it needs a bit of tlc in the gardens, a lick of paint in some of the rooms and a good chef.
The grounds of the hotel are beautiful, and the finish in the public areas better than the rooms. The hotel has a strange layout and not easy to navigate around.
The evening meal was ok, although the menu was not varied. Service was hit and miss, one evening (after complaining) the service was wonderful, however, the evening before it was poor, empty plates sat in front of us for a long time, waiters didn’t poor the wine, and orders took a long time to come. Breakfast was better because it was self service, however on requesting a toaster was told this was ‘extra’.
After dinner one evening we went up to the bar. We waited, and waited, and waited. Nobody came so we gave up. The swimming pool is beautiful, but when busy, lacked enough sun beds, there was also fairly poor service around the swimming pool.
The shuttle bus, which is just a Vito van, that runs you daily into Florence supposedly leaves the hotel at 09:30. It was 20 minutes late causing us to miss out on our pre booked private tour of the Duomo, we had to rebook at extra cost. The hotel, only after much arguing, gave us a free evening meal. But in no way covered the cost and money we lost.
The shuttle itself is driven by someone who has no regard to and laws of driving, repeatedly ran red lights, when we queried this he just huffed and said they’re a money making scheme. He overlook on dangerous corners, drove too fast and answered his phone whilst driving. The lady behind us was terrified. It wasn’t a pleasant experience.
There were no tea/coffee making facilities in the room, or complimentary water. Only what you had to pay for from the minibar. The temperature of the water was hit and miss and when it was hot took 20 minutes to come through. The air con in the room however, worked perfectly.
There is a wonderful family run restaurant over the road outside of the hotel that is perfect. Great service, great food and relaxing.
This hotel whilst looks ‘nice’ is sadly let down by service and attitude of staff and services available to the public.
It was not worth the price we paid, and would not revisit. Absolutely definitely not 5 star.
The standard of the hotel is definitely not 5*. The one restaurant which was open has a limited menu. The room was very basic and was 'grubby'. Some staff, while not all, were surly. When requested a pot of coffee for two in our room in the morning we were told it would cost 40 euros just for the two cups of coffee.There was no tea and coffee making facilities and no bottled water in the room other than that which was in the fridge which you had to pay for. One evening we had no hot water to wash in. I managed a cold showever but my husband, who has a medical condition and needs hot water was given a kettle.
We booked to take their 'minibus' (a van with seats in) into Florence. I can only describe the journey as a nightmare. The taxi driver drove far too fast, anwered his phone while driving, overtook on dangerous corners and jumped two red lights. I was in tears by the time we got to Florence. We refused to get back into the 'minibus' for the return journey home and subsequently has to pay 100 euros.
We did discuss these all with the hotel to no avail. STandards in the hotel were poor to average and certainly not 5*.
On a positive note there is a lovely Italian taverna, family run, just a short walk out of the grounds.